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The Amazing Octopus

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octopus-at-nightThe octopus is a coral reef marine animal with 8 arms. In the Caribbean, adult octopuses* weigh about 3 pounds and can change both color and texture to blend into their surroundings and avert predators.

Mating for just a month or two around January, a female octupus will lay up to 500 eggs and sit with them in a lair. The eggs hatch 5-6 months later. A newborn octopus can jet around and squirt ink just like their parents! Octopuses grow very quickly, reaching full size before the end of the first year of life.

octopus-camoflauged-reef-circledOctopuses are very intelligent. They avoid known predators, learn from each other, and have even been known to disguise themselves as algae or a coconut to avoid detection. Nice moves!

*Who knew? The plural of octopus is not octopi, it's octopuses. Octopus is a Greek word, of which the Latin plural is octopodes.

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